The Word Love And Arranged Marriage Analysis

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This short story intelligently portrays the expectations, and the lure to set her eyes on the world. She has heard, watched and seen so many things about America and when the time came, she couldn't hold her excitement right from the plane. She is truly overwhelmed with joy. On the other hand, she is filled with the fear of the unknown about the couple she is going to live with in America. A string of disturbing questions ran through her mind: What if they don't like her? What if she doesn't want them? What if they are not at the airport to pick her? She is presented with her first wave of shock as she discovers that her aunt's husband, Uncle -Bikram is shorter than her wife, looks ugly with a terrifyingly big mark that runs up his neck. In…show more content…
These will be discussed below. The two stories, 'The word Love and Arranged Marriage' and 'Silver Pavement and Golden Roof' are similar in the sense that the writer intelligently creates stereotypes out of the characters in both stories. The lady, as well as her lover in 'The Word Love and Arranged Marriage ' and the lady in 'Silver Pavement and Gold Roof’, are agents of radical cultural change. In the former, the lady and her lover practiced a premarital lifestyle despite the fact that lady knows the full implication of her action. She moves in with her lover, continued to live with him disregarding any future consequences. Also, her lover doesn't and can't fathom any sense out of her mother possible disapproval if she eventually knows about it. He calls it irrational. Furthermore, the lady in the second story seems not to be in tune with her culture. She wants something new and different. She loathes the fact that her aunt married Uncle-Bikram through an arranged marriage. She wants the new life in America and longs to see things different from what she was accustomed to in Calcutta. She imagined falling in love with an American professor who promised her marriage as well as co-authoring a book with her. She imagined all of this without an arranged marriage that is the norm in Calcutta. Another character stereotypes are the mother and the couple of Primata and Bikram in the two stories. "Mensaab has told her not to speak to you, or else she'll lose her job.” (Banerjee 65). This reinforces what her mother stands for which is the preservation of tradition and she is ready to disown her only daughter. They represent and personify culture conservatism and preservation. The lady's mother wants her daughter to follow the Calcutta's marital rites of an arranged marriage, and when she discovered that her daughter is already with someone without her approval, she refused to pick her calls and
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